Hello! Weyt-kp! kiʔsuʔk kyukyit. Tawnshi.
Our School District is on the traditional territory of both the Shuswap and the Ktunaxa people. We have more than 500 students in our District who identify as having aboriginal ancestry. We have an aboriginal support services program across our District and 12 Aboriginal Education Support Workers (AESWs) who work with their Principals to develop a Service Delivery Plan each year, a plan which connects to the School and District Plans for Student Success, and the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement. The Service Delivery Plan outlines how resources will target identified areas of need in that school among the Aboriginal student population.
In Windermere Zone of the District there are two Bands, the Shuswap Indian Band (www.shuswapband.net
) and the Akisqnuk First Nation (http://akisqnuk.org/home/
), with whom we have a Local Education Agreement in place. We also have relationship with the Metis Nation Columbia River Society (http://www.mnbc.ca/chartered-communities/kootenays
), the Columbia Valley Metis Association, and the Rocky Mountain Metis Association (all at the same address) which operate within the boundaries of our School District as part of Metis Nation BC). We have many students in our School District who have aboriginal ancestry but who are not connected with a specific group or organization. Our support services program strives to serve all these students with a view to the overarching goal of enhancing the success of our students.